Take the Family Church Challenge

Next time you're at church, look around. How many people do you know who sit near you? How about those across the room? Church is the family of God. Believers are brothers and sisters in Christ. God designed the church to support, encourage, and correct one another in love. How often do we actually act like a family rather than a bunch of strangers?
Let us hold firmly to the hope we claim to have. The God who promised is faithful. Let us consider how we can stir up one another to love. Let us help one another to do good works. And let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us encourage one another with words of hope. Let us do this even more as you see Christ’s return approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25 (NIRV)
The first step is to get to know the people in your church. This is something the whole family can do. The following post by Lisa Pennington from Faith Gateway gives a great, practical way to get to know your church family better. I hope it blesses you and your family as it did mine.
Sometimes I wonder if we are making the most of our opportunities at church. I mean, we go on Sunday morning and smile and ask the people in the row behind us how their week was. We visit a little bit, occasionally checking in on someone that we know is having a hard time. But do we really, really dig in as much as we could with those who have become our family?

So I talked to my kids about finding ways to be more, do more, connect more when we are church. We decided to create a family challenge and see what happened. We are still in the middle of it, but so far the results have been amazing and I wanted to encourage you to make a similar challenge for your family!

In our family we like to play games. We play board games or card games several times a week and we make up games to go with chores and less enjoyable activities. For instance, if we are cleaning up the yard we will make it a race or build a point system and prizes for anyone who gets 10 points. So I decided to tap into that interest of ours and create a challenge for our time at church.

This is a 4 Sunday challenge, then it resets. Each week before church we go over what the goal is for that day. Continue reading...

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